'''William Allingham''' (19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889) was an Irish poet, diarist and editor. He wrote several volumes of lyric verse, and his poem 'The Faeries' was much anthologised; but he is better known for his posthumously published ''Diary'',
[''William Allingham: a Diary''; edited by H. Allingham and D. Radford (1907 and reprints)]
in which he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle and other writers and artists. His wife, Helen Allingham
, was a well-known water-colorist and illustrator.
[I. Ousby ed., ''The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English'' (1995) p. 18]